Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday

Cristina Baena
Cristina Baena
Pereira, Colombia
(Canyon Del Oro H.S./Tucson)

General: Enters her junior year as a contender for the individual National Championship... Arguably, the top returner from last year's talented National Championship team... Was ranked No. 2 in the preseason edition of the MasterCard Collegiate Women's Golf Rankings, but quickly moved into the nation's top spot after fall competition began... Has 11 career top-10 finishes in just 21 tournaments... Named to Golfweek magazine's 2000 Preseason All-America first team.

Sophomore (1999-2000): Capped a solid year as the Wildcats' No. 2 golfer with a tie for 10th place at the NCAA Championships, shooting a 297 (+9)... Selected second-team All-American by the National Golf Coaches Association... Finished the year ranked No. 8... Matched her low round of the year with a second-round 68 at the NCAAs... Had six top-10 finishes in 1999-00 and three top-20 finishes... Won the Rainbow Invitational in March... Won the tournament after a sudden death playoff with teammate Jenna Daniels... Finished seventh at the Dick McGuire Invitational where she shot even par... Opened the fall season with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Preview... Tied for eighth at TRW Regional Challenge where she shot a season-low 68... Finished in a tie for 20th at the Arizona Invitational in February, where she shot a three-over-par 219... Placed third at the Pac-10 Championships, Arizona's second-highest finisher, with a four-over-par 220... Tied for 34th at NCAA West Regionals shooting a nine-over-par 225... Stroke average of 73.44, second-best on the squad behind only individual national champion Jenna Daniels... Average finish of 13.7... Member of the All-Pac-10 Conference first team... Was named Honorable Mention on the Pac-10 All-Academic team... Member of the 1999-2000 Golfweek/Sagarin All-Far West District first team

Freshman (1998-99): One of the top freshman golfers in the country, she was an honorable mention All-America selection and had five top-10 finishes in 10 tournaments, as well as two top-20 outings... Owned the third-best stroke average on the team (75.18) and finished the year ranked No. 21st in the country... Arizona's top finisher at the Pac-10 Championships, tying for sixth... Had the Cats' second-best finish at the NCAA West Regional, tying for 19th after shooting a 10-over-par 226... An All-Pac-10 second team honoree and was a Golfweek/Sagarin All-Far West District honorable mention team performer... In Arizona's four tournament titles, she placed in the top-10 in each of them... Best outing of the year was a tie for third at the Arizona Invitational in Tucson... She was the Wildcats' top finisher and helped lead the team to its third of four titles on the year with a 4-under-par 212... Was featured in Sports Illustrated's Golf Plus Faces in the Crowd in March as a result of that outing... Was the Cats' top placer in one other outing the Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif... She tied for 11th with a 15-over-par 228... Tied for third in the Stanford Intercollegiate, shooting a 2-under-par 217 (71-73-73)... Tied for seventh in the first tournament of her career, the Topy Cup in Tokyo in the fall... She recorded a two-round total of nine-over-par 153... Tied for 35th at the PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.

High School: Graduated from Canyon Del Oro in Tucson in 1997... Finished fourth in the 1997 Junior World... Finished first in the Mexican Amateur.

Personal: Full Name: Cristina Baena... Daughter of Eduardo and Maria de Baena... Both her parents are doctors... Born December 14, 1979, in Pereira, Colombia... Academic major is marketing... Her sister, Marisa, played golf three years at Arizona and earned National Player of the Year honors in 1996 & 1997, before turning professional in 1998... Enjoys playing volleyball.

						Top	Low	Low 
Season		Tourn.	Rnds.	Strokes	Avg.	10/25	Rnd.	Tourn.
Career		21	62	4602	74.22	10/6	68	212 (-4)
1998-99		10	28	2105	75.18	5/2	70	212 (-4)&
1999-2000	11	34	2497	73.44	5/4	68	213 (-3)^

Tourn. in 1998-99	Rnds.	Score	Place	Avg.	Low Rnd.
Topy Cup		2	153 (+9)	T7	76.50	73
Bama Fall Preview	2	159 (+17)	T55	79.50	78
Stanford Intercolleg.	3	217 (-2)	T3	72.33	71
Regional Challenge	3	228 (+15)	11th	76.00	75
Arizona Invitational	3	212 (-4)	T3	70.66	69
Rainbow Challenge	3	224 (+8)	T10	74.66	73
PING/ASU Invitational	3	234 (+18)	T35	78.00	74
Pac-10 Championships	3	219 (+3)	T6	73.00	70
NCAA West Regionals	3	226 (+10)	T19	75.33	73
NCAA Championships**	3	233 (+17)	47th	77.66	74

** Play was called toward the end of the final round of the NCAAs due 
to thunderstorms and lightning.  As a result, the third round results 
stood as final results. 

Tourn. in 1999-2000	Rnds.	Score		Place	Avg.	Rnd.
NCAA Preview		3	221 (+5)	T8	73.66	72
Dick McGuire Invtl.	3	219 (E)		7th 	73.00	72
Stanford Invitational	3	223 (+7)	T17	74.33	73
Golf World Invitational	3	221 (+5)	T11	73.66	73
TRW Regional Challenge	3	218 (+5)	T8	72.66	68
Arizona Invitational	3	219 (+3)	T20	73.00	69
Rainbow Invitational	3	213 (-3)	1st 	71.00	69
Ping/ASU Invitational	3	226 (+10)	T32	75.33	74
Pac-10 Championships	3	220 (+4)	3rd 	73.33	71
NCAA West Regionals	3	225 (+9)	T34	75.00	70
NCAA Championships	4	297 (+9)	T10	74.25	68